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The Cheap Detective (1978)

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Original title: Cheap Detective, The


DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 13, 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures Corporation, EMI Films Ltd., Rastar Pictures

Studio Columbia Pictures

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Other Titles
• The Cheap Detective (1978)
• Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective



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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Comedy, Detectives, Spoof, Suspense, Satire, Investigation, Infidelity, Femme Fatale

Tagline: Who dunnit? This time it's Neil Simon who's really dunnit.

Plot: Neil Simon's spoof of CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON, among others, tells the story of private detective Lou Peckinpaugh (Falk), a man accused of killing his own partner. As Peckinpaugh follows a trail of looney characters around San Francisco, he uncovers a plot involving a dozen diamonds hidden in an egg carton. Meanwhile, he also attempts to help members of the French Resistance find safe passage to Oakland. In addition to all this lunacy, he must assist the group in the search for their missing Liquor License. It was stolen by a Member of the Nazi Party -- which just so happens to be based in Cincinnati! Falk is hysterical in this entertaining send-up of classic cinema.

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 Directed by
Robert Moore
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 Written by
Neil Simon
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 Cast
Peter Falk
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Ann-Margret
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Stockard Channing
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Louise Fletcher
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Madeline Kahn
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Marsha Mason
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Phil Silvers
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 Music By
Patrick Williams
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